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Oral history interview with Abel Fligeltoib

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.29.10 | RG Number: RG-50.590.0010

Abel (Abisch) Fligeltoib, born in 1905 in Warsaw, Poland, describes being one of six children; arriving in Argentina in 1925; how his mother was a war widow and already living in Argentina with a daughter; his father, who was sent to fight during WWI and perished in a hospital; his decision to not serve in the Polish army and escaping Poland to Argentina with help from his aunt in his Warsaw; being a manager of a large clothing manufacturing store in Warsaw; finding work in Buenos Aires in a beds factory owned by a rich Jew, Jacobo Henik; how all the beds were manufactured from metal; Henik’s four sons and four daughters; joining the Metallurgic Syndicate as a delegate of his factory’s 100 workers; how there were four delegates all together: a Jew (Abel), an Italian, an Argentine, and a Swede; functioning as a delegate for 30 years and being appreciated by all; his work in the Syndicate, which consisted of obtaining legal status for the factory workers through contracts; how most requests from the owners were granted, including vacation time; how the only thing not granted was a raise in salary, which gave origin to a strike that lasted 100 days in 1933; the Syndicate’s role and demand for the strike; how during the strike the Syndicate gave coupons to the workers who then redeemed them in designated stores; his wife’s work, beginning in 1941, as an ironer in a different factory and not being a member of a syndicate; being a leader in the Warsaw Cultural Club; and the activities of the Cultural Club.

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Abel Fligeltoib
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, acquired from the Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina-Communidad de Buenos Aires
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:23:37
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